Religious Liberty needs our thoughtfulness and prayers

Solidarity in Freedom

“Solidarity means much more than engaging in sporadic acts of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community” (Fratelli tutti, 116).

Religious freedom allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and to serve the good of all.  Beginning June 22, the feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, the USCCB invites Catholics to prayreflect, and act to promote religious freedom.  While , the Catholic Church in the United States particularly celebrates and observes Religious Freedom Week during the time from the Optional Memorial of Saints John Fisher and St. Thomas More, June 22nd, until the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul,  June 29th, it is appropriate to pray for religious freedom at any time.

Let us Pray…
June 22– Adoption and Foster Care       Pray that children waiting to be placed in a loving home and the caregivers who serve those children will find strength and support from the church.

June 23– Catholic Social Service during the Pandemic    Pray that God would continue to grant Catholic institutions the wisdom and courage to serve a world suffering the effects of the Covid pandemic.

June 24– The Equality Act         Pray that the dignity of all people will be respected in our country.  The bill is well-intentioned but ultimately misguided. The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith, threatens unborn life, and undermines the common good.

June 25– Church Vandalism       Pray that Christian witness in the face of attacks on our churches will convert hearts to faith in Jesus Christ.

June 26– Catholics in Nicaragua       Pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Nicaragua.

June 27– Conscience Rights for Healthcare Workers     Pray that governments will respect the conscience of all people who care for the sick and vulnerable.

June 28– Christians in Iraq      Pray for the Christians in Iraq, and that people of all faiths in the land of Abraham may live in peace.

June 29– Free Speech    Pray that Christians will have the courage to speak the truth with kindness and clarity, even in the face of adversity.

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